Kitchen

Easy Cheesy Meatballs

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give new, first time mother is this:  If someone suggests bringing food, helping out with cooking or bring take out home to you, do NOT refuse.  Sure your grandma makes fatty foods, sure your mom doesn’t use the organic veggies you love and take out food is, well, just plain bad for you.  But put all those minuscule differences aside and grab their casserole dishes, kiss their cheek and thank your lucky stars you won’t have to cook yourself.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C and Amazon Fresh - Reheating Meatballs
Dinner in 5 Minutes, Just Reheating Some Meatballs

I am blessed to have an amazing mom who without me asking just KNOWS what help I need and when I need it and she comes to the rescue like a Wonder Woman sans a cape and lasso.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
Nothing Like a Quick Dinner When You’re a New Mommy

Case and point this delicious spaghetti and meatballs you see here. My wonderful mom, Basia, cooked these up just for my husband and me.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
Mmmmm Smells Good!

I sent her an excellent recipe a while ago and she uses that and it truly produces great results every time.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
Delicious Carbs! The Spaghetti Noodles are Boiling

Since we have been using Jen’s recipe for so many years we have tweaked it to our taste but we really do credit this recipe as it was the very first one we used to make home made meatballs.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
A Watched Saucepan With Meatballs and Sauce DOES Boil Faster

An amazing time saver, especially for people like me who absolutely HATE doing grocery shopping is Amazon Fresh.  Once I imagine a recipe, or I request a recipe for my mom to create, I jump on Amazon Fresh’s website and order the ingredients and they are delivered to me same day or next day.  Genius!

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
You Know It’s Done When The Sauce Starts To Boil and Bubble

The meat in the meatballs consist of some good cuts of pork, beef and lamb which she grinds up using her KitchenAid Mixer (along with the food grinder attachment – sold separately).

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
The Mauviel Pots and Pans Glistening in the Light

Once the meats are ground up, using her hands she combines all the ingredients which include some milk, an egg, breadcrumbs, finely chopped onion, fresh parsley, pepper, shredded parmesan cheese, a splash of EVOO.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
Time To Put The Garlic Bread In The Oven

A little tip I found that if you use Kosher breadcrumbs the ingredients are JUST breadcrumbs, they do not have any of the additives that traditional breadcrumbs have.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
It Took Me A Couple Of Years But Finally I Have A Nice Mauviel 250C Collection Going

We then use a tiny cookie scooper to make the meatballs uniform in size, or similar size so you don’t have ten tiny meatballs and one giant one. All of them are uniform and it keeps your hands cleaner.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C 2mm Copper Pots and Pans - Reheating Delicious Meatballs
Malibu Karina – Mauviel 250C 2mm Copper Pots and Pans – Reheating Delicious Meatballs

Pop them in the oven and watch them get all dark brown on the outside and moist on the inside. The onion REALLY helps them stay juicy inside.

Simply because I have NO TIME AT ALL with Oliver around, I just use a jarred, store bought, spaghetti sauce, I find one that has good ingredients and no preservatives.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
Longest Seven Minutes, But It Will Be Done Al Dente

Typically I would make my own noodles but again having a four month old I barely have time to rip open a package of dry noodles and put them in boiling water.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
Steam Facial

I love using my Mauviel copper pans, yes, for this dish they are overkill but they are simply amazing. I hope to write about them soon as I’m in love with them and my family jokes around that I should be their spokesperson. These pots and pans are just so fabulous!

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs

So in my current state of “New Mommy”, once I reheat the prepped food, I plate it and then we chow down.

I got these Libbey Crisa Glass Plates For Such An Amazing Deal on Amazon.  These are made in Mexico and are lead free.  They are plain and simple and will fit any decor, from classic to modern.

Typically dinner is at eight at night as that is when Oliver FINALLY tires himself out, has a clean diaper on and is full of milk.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
Almost Ready! And The Baby Is Still Asleep. YAAAAASSSS!!!

As you can see, I can’t afford to refuse the help and I SOOOOO would rather spend time with my son than to slave over a hot stove all day long.  Sometimes it’s okay to say that I can’t do it all by myself and let someone know help is needed.

Malibu Karina - Mauviel 250C Copper and Cast Iron Pots and Pans - Reheating Meatballs
Simple Plate, Simple Spaghetti Dinner

Please Note:  All items mentioned in this blog post were purchased by me, none were gifted to me so this review is not swayed by freebies.